Tag: LGBTQ

Landen’s story: Being honest about who he’s always been

Landen’s story: Being honest about who he’s always been

After opening up about his transition, he’s received overwhelming support — and newfound confidence. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Landen Anthony Davis has always known, deep down, exactly who he is. He has expressed it ever since he can remember — even before he began presenting as male […]

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Jackson LGBTQ leaders’ home burns down killing five pets, arson suspected

Jackson LGBTQ leaders’ home burns down killing five pets, arson suspected

Anne and I are friends with Nikki Joly from my hometown of Jackson, Michigan. On Thursday of this week, the home she shares with her partner, Chris Moore, was destroyed by a fire, killing their two German Shepherds and three cats. In addition to being a nurse and a veteran, Joly is the director of the Jackson Pride Center and […]

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BIGOTRY DENIED! Anti-LGBT “activists” smacked down by court in Jackson, Michigan

BIGOTRY DENIED! Anti-LGBT “activists” smacked down by court in Jackson, Michigan

Earlier this year, the City Council of Jackson, Michigan passed a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote was 5-2. Shortly thereafter, a local group of Jackson residents, supported by clergy in local Catholic churches, started to circulate petitions to rescind the NDO and […]

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Local Michigan non-discrimination ordinance being challenged by notorious Jackson bigot

Local Michigan non-discrimination ordinance being challenged by notorious Jackson bigot

In early February of this year, the City Council in Jackson, Michigan approved a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s essentially a move that extends basic civil rights provided to most Michiganders under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to Michigan citizens in the LGBTQ […]

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Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Less than a year ago, the administration of President Barack Obama issued an historic guidance document instructing school administrators that anti-transgender rules, regulations, and laws are in violation of federal law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This guidance was received the full-throated support of U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Attorney General Loretta E. […]

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Episode 10: How do we work with our enemies? With special guest Equality Michigan’s Stephanie White

Episode 10: How do we work with our enemies? With special guest Equality Michigan’s Stephanie White

The show notes for Episode 10 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/how-do-we-work-with-our-enemies-with-special-guest-equality-michigans-stephanie-white.html Jeff Spross: Why Trump’s Cabinet poses a unique threat to the working class. Trump’s cabinet picks so far. Gordon Adams: Donald Trump’s Military Government. PPP: Why Pat McCrory Lost and What It Means in Trump’s America. Susan Demas: The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan. Eclectablog: Michigan Republicans add appropriation […]

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Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

Jacqui’s story: Embracing her real self, inspired by her daughter

When her youngest child came out as transgender, this woman recognized her own truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. From the time she was young, Jacqui Leaonna Turner didn’t understand why the males were prettier than the females in every species in the animal kingdom except for humans. […]

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Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

Ashton’s story: Through friendship, the courage to live out loud

The brave example of his best friend inspired this transgender man to express his truth to everyone. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Ashton Niedzwiecki didn’t know that anything beyond the female gender he’d been assigned at birth was possible. He […]

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Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

Seth’s story: Honoring his authentic self

After decades of living as the Mormon Church, his family and society expected him to, this transgender man is finally living his truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Seth Carwyn grew up Mormon, living under the strict rules of the faith that were followed by his family. He […]

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Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

Ahya’s story: Expressing the music in her soul

This transgender woman uses her unique voice to advocate for herself and her community. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Ahya Simone didn’t plan on becoming a harpist. She’s always been musical and had long been a singer, but taking a harp class began as nothing more than a […]

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Attorney General Bill Schuette seeks to define Michigan as a state full of transphobic bigots

Attorney General Bill Schuette seeks to define Michigan as a state full of transphobic bigots

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined with the attorneys general of nine other states to sue the federal government over their recently-released guidance for educators on how to make their schools safe, welcoming places for transgender students. The other states are Arkansas, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming. In his press release, Schuette claims […]

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